First Night Monterey - Celebrating Art and Community!

Summer Art Camp Registration Open Now!

Children of all ages love the chance to be creative, and First Night Monterey's Summer Art Camps use arts as a catalyst to nurture creativity and enhance skills in a non-competitive, safe and fun environment. No prior experience or talent needed. There is a lot of fun and learning with age-appropriate mentoring as your children create in a real art studio environment and have the opportunity to paint, draw and make with a variety of materials. Each Friday features a gallery exhibit of their work completed during the summer camp week.

Call To Artists For First Night 2025!

First Night Monterey, Monterey County's premier New Year's Eve celebration of the arts is in its 32nd year, and the event on New Year's Eve 2024 promises to be the best one yet! First Night Monterey is inviting visual and performing artists to submit their applications to be part of a family friendly, alcohol-free community arts celebration ringing in 2025!

Which FNM 2025 Poster is Your Favorite?

Since 2003, First Night Monterey staff has collaborated with CSUMB and the Service Learning class for Publication Design students, engaging the students into a creative competition to design the annual First Night Monterey Poster and Buttons. FNM artists work with the design students from theme concept to design for five weeks in class until selection of the final design. The winner has opportunities to produce the graphics for print and web.

See Entries for FNM 2025

Thank You To All Who Purchased Buttons For FNM 2024!

We hope you enjoyed the bounty of entertainment First Night Monterey provided all the way into the new year! From Kids' Night Out to performances of Jazz to Comedy, Rock & Roll to World Music, with Lion Dancers and Fire Shows in the streets, and culminating with the Countdown to Midnight Finales, we planned to transform your NYE into a creative celebration for the whole family!

Your button purchase directly supports the performance artists and art activities you enjoyed.